Mountain Team

Berkshire Scouts Mountain Team is here to support all leaders in getting their young people out in to the mountains and wildernesses of the UK.

We run regular weekends and evening workshops throughout the year for any adult involved in Scouting in Berkshire to develop their skills. The intention of these weekends and workshops is to provide leaders with a progressive series of events culminating in a successful assessment for a hillwalking permit, the qualification required to taking young people out into the hills.

Through our training programme we aim to cover the full range of skills sets right through from those first learning how to read a map and use a compass to those at the top of their game who want to master crampons and ice axes in full-on winter conditions.

Our weekends are run by highly skilled and experienced volunteers, most holding national governing body qualifications such as the Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor or Winter Mountain Leader.

Rime ice

Programme Winter 2021-22

We recognise that no-one’s been getting out in the hills as much as they’d have like to in the last couple of years so rather than jump straight into an assessment weekend as our first event we’ve designed our winter programme to refresh key skills and give people a boost before assessments resume. We’ve targeted night navigation and ropework as these are the two areas candidates find the hardest. These workshops are not only for assessment candidates and are open to anyone wishing to learn new skills or refresh their existing skills – even if you already hold a permit. For those of you that are consolidating your experience before applying for a permit or assessment we’ve also produced some guidance on what makes a good logbook.

Night Navigation Workshop, near Crowthorne: 19:00-22:00 (latest) 11th November 2021

We’re offering a free evening workshop covering night navigation in Buckler’s Forest (near Crowthorne). This workshop is suitable those wishing to hone their existing night navigation skills or for those wishing to adapt their daytime navigation skills to night. This workshop will be run by Brendan, CJ and Harry. For more information download the night nav workshop information document and sign up for the night nav workshop here.

Ropework Workshop, Caversham: 10:00-13:00 12th December 2021

We’re also offering a free workshop covering all the knots and techniques required for a Terrain 2 hillwalking permit. Due to Berkshire’s lack of rocks anchor selection will not be covered. The workshop is suitable for those that have no experience of hillwalking ropework to those practicing for their assessment at Yr Hafod in January. This workshop will be run by Paul and Harry. For more information download the ropework workshop information document and sign up for the ropework workshop here.

Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia

Yr Hafod, Snowdonia: 22–23 January 2022

Bookings for our most popular training and assessment weekend are open. Training and assessment for Terrain 1 and 2 permits are on offer. If you’re working on your logged experience then feel free to come along for a couple of Quality Mountain Days. The weekend includes indoor accommodation meals (excluding lunches) and qualified instructors. Due to uncertainty on numbers post-COVID unfortunately we’re increasing the cost to £50 per person though this is still aggressively priced for a weekend of full board accommodation and training. If we come under budget any surplus will be refunded. For more information download the trip information document and sign up for the trip here.

Navigation training in the Peak District

Ongoing Support

Whilst our main focus is our weekend programme we have an active Facebook group that exists to provide support and a sense of community to all leaders in Berkshire. It’s a great place to ask questions, discuss upcoming trips or show off with photos of your recent mountain adventures.

You’ll find most of the county training team on there along with existing and aspirant permit holders. To keep it to Scout leaders it’s a private group so please have your membership number handy.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/berkshire.scouts.hillwalking/

Contact the Team

You can contact the team via our Facebook group or you can contact our coordinator, Ralph Delaney.

Ralph

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